Hemel Hempstead Town saw their unbeaten pre-season record come to an end as they suffered two defeats in quick succession.
The Tudors lost 4-2 to local neighbours Kings Langley on Thursday night, before going down 1-0 to Chesham United on Saturday.
In between, the busy Tudors saw off ProFormance Global XI 2-0 in another pre-season friendly on Friday night.
Kings Langley were good value for their win on Thursday, delivering a masterclass in finishing to claim the scalp of their illustrious opponents despite having less possession. Ollie Hawkins and Mo Shariff got the goals for Hemel.
The Chesham game was more competitive from Hemel’s point of view, but Dean Brennan’s side were still yet to get into top gear.
The Tudors squandered a handful of decent chances; new signing Willy Gnohore had the best of these when he broke through one-on-one, only to hit the keeper’s legs in the first half.
The Tudors were made to pay in the final minute when the referee gave a controversial penalty decision for an offence that was unclear to most people in the ground. This was despatched and Hemel were left to reflect on those missed opportunities.
One bright note for Hemel was the performance of Jamie Butler, who looked very assured in the Tudors goal, pulling off a couple of smart saves before being beaten by the late penalty.
Next up for Hemel is a trip to Hitchin tonight (Monday) in the Herts Charity Shield, before the big Southern League Premier kick-off against Dartford at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
Brennan and assistant manager Stuart Maynard will be hoping that big name signings John Frendo and Jamie Slabber will be available and fit for the league opener.